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Offline ZenFred

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Buddhist art trendy?
« on: August 03, 2015, 07:16:53 pm »
So I glanced through a Pier 1 catalog and to my shock saw two different Buddha statues for sale as part of an eclectic "modern bohemian" design. I think there's been a rash of Buddhist things as fashion trend. Don't know what to make of it really, other than to acknowledge how often people take things out of context and it makes them seem traveled or sophisticated. A lot like people who like having Moby Dick on their bookshelves but have secretly never read it. Perhaps they like these works of art for their own aesthetic beauty (though a pier 1 catalog is not exactly full of true art). It's not wrong of course and I don't think it meant to be or is offensive. It would be quiet amusing if when visiting someone's house your take time to prostrate to their catalog Buddha though :)

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Re: Buddhist art trendy?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2015, 12:17:03 am »
So I glanced through a Pier 1 catalog and to my shock saw two different Buddha statues for sale as part of an eclectic "modern bohemian" design. I think there's been a rash of Buddhist things as fashion trend.

I don't recall a time when Pier 1 didn't have such statues for sale, but on the other hand I've heard they make excellent door stops  :teehee:

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2015, 10:31:16 am »
It's always a funny sight when I see a Buddha statue. I know that if I brought a statue like that home, my grandmother would freak out, the reason being that you shouldn't really keep any statues of Buddha around the house.
Beyond that, it's kind of ironic, isn't it? I mean Buddhism purports that you shouldn't be attached to material things, and then you buy a statue of your idol.

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2015, 07:30:33 am »
My mother was initially against the idea of a Buddhist statue - I talked her into it though.
We now have Buddhist statues and pillows.
I used to have a Buddha figurine in my car.  :buddha2:

I agree, Buddhist statues and figurines of the Buddha have become somewhat fashion nowadays.

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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2015, 07:36:06 am »
It's always a funny sight when I see a Buddha statue. I know that if I brought a statue like that home, my grandmother would freak out, the reason being that you shouldn't really keep any statues of Buddha around the house.
Beyond that, it's kind of ironic, isn't it? I mean Buddhism purports that you shouldn't be attached to material things, and then you buy a statue of your idol.
Welcome creamy, I am new here too.  :-bd

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2016, 07:20:11 pm »
Buddhist art is my favorite art in the global repertoire.
I suppose many things considered "exotic" are  trendy. But Buddhist art cultivates feelings of inner peace, so it is a trend worth embracing. I would encourage all people  to learn about authentic Buddhist art, it is a wonderful history.

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2016, 03:13:37 am »
Buddhist art is my favorite art in the global repertoire.
I suppose many things considered "exotic" are  trendy. But Buddhist art cultivates feelings of inner peace, so it is a trend worth embracing. I would encourage all people  to learn about authentic Buddhist art, it is a wonderful history.

I have been lucky enough to live near the Sultanganj Buddha statue, kept at: http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/highlights/buddha-gallery
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” Franz Kafka

 


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